arm·​rest | \ ˈärm-ˌrest How to pronounce armrest (audio) \

Definition of armrest

: a support for the arm

Examples of armrest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shifter folds down and then the top of the center-console armrest folds down to create a flat work surface. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford F-150 Pickup Is Less of an Overhaul Than We Expected," 26 June 2020 As a testament to the Toyota 86's simplicity, its center armrest is optional ($199). Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Toyota 86 GT Will Make You a Better Driver," 19 June 2020 The virus can’t survive long on seats or armrests, so physical contact with another person carries the greatest risk of infection on a flight, said David Powell, a physician and medical adviser to the International Air Transport Association. Kyunghee Park,, "How to Avoid Coronavirus on Flights: Forget Masks, Says Top Airline Doctor," 5 May 2020 With six seats and one aisle, that means each seat has about 20 inches of total width, combining seat and armrest. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Southwest CEO Says It's Safe to Fly Again. Our Math Says It Isn't.," 4 May 2020 Staff will also undergo a health screening before each shift, wear masks, gloves and will sanitize armrests, cupholders, touched surfaces, tables, restroom areas, and countertops before each show. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "What's the 'new normal' for live shows and entertainment in Kentucky? Path remains unclear," 28 May 2020 Changing bedpans and lifting armrests and holding shoulders, checking charts, slipping little baggies over the tips of thermometers, inserting I.V. needles. David Means, The New Yorker, "Two Nurses, Smoking," 25 May 2020 Features include leather, high back, swivel, lumbar support, seat height adjustment, tilt and tilt lock, plus padded armrests that flip up. oregonlive, "Headphones, chairs, sleek desks among 16 home-office furniture, tech items to upgrade your work space during coronavirus isolation," 2 May 2020 At light rail stations, fare vending machines, handrails and water fountains, call boxes, seats and armrests are also cleaned daily and disinfected, the agency stated. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Valley Metro to reduce Express and RAPID bus service starting Monday," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of armrest

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Armrest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of armrest

: the part of a seat in a car, an airplane, etc., that supports your arm

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